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Physical Theory No4 by Sean Madden

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Physical Theory No4 (2018)

Sean Madden

140 x 110 cm | 55 x 43 in

Subject: Abstract
Tags: Dripping, Red, Layers, Angles

Original painting in mixed media on canvas.

"This is the largest of my Physical Theory paintings to date. The canvas is built up with layers of colour, shapes and gestural markings. Over time much of the original composition is deconstructed and rebuilt providing an organic yet graphic resolve to the paintings theme, this particular work took over 6 months to complete. Influences include Kline, Twombly, Dekooning, Rauschenberg and Lanyon. 'A physical theory usually involves the attempt to explain a certain class of physical phenomena by deducing them as necessary consequences of other phenomena regarded as more primitive and less in need of explanation. These more primitive phenomena may at the time the theory is formulated be undiscovered, so that part of the proof of the correctness of the theory consists in demonstrating the existence of the unknown assumed primitive phenomena.'"

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Sean Madden

Describing his artistic approach as 3-D collage, the multidisciplinary artist Sean Madden explores and creates elemental hybrids that culminate in powerful sculptural forms. Constructing small-scale sculptures, Madden counteracts their modest size with signals of power, vigour and strength, taking heed from cartoonish figurines, aerodynamic principles and historical symbols of fortitude and tenacity.

Exploring both the medium as much as the subject matter, Madden presents his bronze-cast statuettes often in a rough, textured finish, implying an Expressionist emphasis of the material and surface as seminal to the oft-imposing forms. With titles that range from Epic to Supernature, Madden’s work is an embrace of the fearless and brave.

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